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Office of Career and Technical Education
P.O. Box 30712
Lansing, MI 48909
Telephone: 517.373.3373
Fax: 517.373.8776

Michigan Center for Career and Technical Education
Ferris State University
Bishop Hall, 1349 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Telephone: 888.591.2789
Fax: 231.591.2043

Publication Resources

ACTE High School Reform : The Association for Career and Technical Education (2006). Reiventing the American High School for the 21st Century: A Position Paper
America's Perfect Storm : A report from ETS's Policy Information Center, America's Perfect Storm: Three Forces Changing Our Nation's Future, looks at the convergence of three powerful sociological and economical forces that are changing our nation's future:
  • Substantial disparities in skill levels (reading and math)
  • Seismic economic changes (widening wage gaps)
  • Sweeping demograpic shifts (less education, lower skills)
Does Career and Technical Education Affect College Enrollment? : Using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 (NLSY97) and its transcript component, we examine vocational education (now known as career and technical education, or CTE) for a recent cohort of youths. We describe and distinguish between CTE coursetaking and participation in particular career-related programs of courses and activities (career majors, tech- prep, and work-based learning programs such as job shadowing and cooperative education). We find that the majority of American high school students participate in CTE courses and work- related activities, and this holds across demographic subgroups. Black students participate in career-related programs at higher rates than any other group, while males and females participate at similar rates. Students in the lowest income quartile are the least likely to report participation in career-related programs and activities, but the most likely to take proportionately more career and technical education courses than academic ones. Students who scored in the bottom half of the ASVAB Arithmetic Reasoning test distribution are also more likely to take high ratios of CTE-to-academic courses. We find that while participation in career-related programs does not generally impede college attendance, higher ratios of CTE-to-academic courses are associated with reductions in the chances of college attendance, even after adjusting for selection characteristics often associated with course trajectories.
Dropping Out ofSchool and the Place of CTE High : Data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 are used to examine the association between the CTE-to-academic-coursetaking ratio and the likelihood of dropping out. Descriptive statistics are presented for 1,628 individuals born in 1980. Transcript and survey data are then used in estimating nonproportional hazards models with time-varying covariates for a subsample of 846 youth. The research found a highly significant curvilinear effect of the coursetaking ratio on the likelihood of dropping out for youth who were less than 15 years old upon entering 9th grade. For them, a CTE: academic course ratio of 1:2 was beneficial. For youth who were 15 or older upon high school entry, factors other than coursetaking predicted their high rates of dropping out.
Enhanced Math Learning in CTE : The National Research Center in CTE publiched reports on Math-in-CTE Study. This study tested the impact of a professional development/pedagogic model on the mathmatical achievement of high school career and technical education (CTE) students in five occupational areas. The model required the development of teams made up of CTE and mathematics teachers within each occupational area. the CTE teachers,were drawn from agriculture, auto technology, business/marketing, health, and information technology.
Leaders & Laggards: State-by-State Edu. Effectiveness : The U.S. Chamber of Commerce graded each state in nine broad categories on Educational Effectiveness. Leaders & Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Educational Effectiveness
NAVE Reports : U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Under Secretary, Policy and Program Studies Service (2004).
National Assessment of Vocational Education (NAVE): Final Report to Congress. Executive Summary
Skills of the American Workforce : National Center on Education and the Economy (2007). Tough Choices, Tough Times. The Report of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce. Executive Summary.